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Many artists dream about painting in Italy. Now, as retiring baby-boomers are increasingly taking up “brush and pallet knife,” more than ever, painting in Italy is the “thing.” Every day, a new “Artist’s” tour of Italy crops up in travel sections of the newspaper and on the Internet. But there still remains a majority of artists who prefer to “go it alone.” They are independent in their artistic styles, and prefer to be independent regarding their travels in Italy . This blog intends to target these free spirited artists who still need guidance to the best places to paint, especially those idyllic gems that are little known and less traveled. Certainly, independent travelers who are not artists will also benefit from this blog.

With a few exceptions, this blog is not a guide to restaurants, lodging, rental cars, or shopping, (except for art supplies.)

Sprinkled among the posts are: my paintings, and a few Italian proverbs and poems written by notable Italian authors for whom I work as a translator.



Please visit my website to view my original art:

http://www.pamelaallegretto-franz.com/

Giclee prints of my paintings, ranging from greeting size to poster size, can be purchased at:

http://pamela-allegretto.fineartamerica.com/



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ITALIAN POETRY / ISCHIA FINE DI UN ESTATE / by Luciano Somma




ITALIAN POETRY/ISCHIA FINE DI UN ESTATE /
ISCHIA AT SUMMER’S END
 by Luciano Somma

Since I just wrote below about painting on the island of Ischia,
 I felt it appropriate to share the poem: ISCHIA AT SUMMER’S END
written by Luciano Somma. 
As in all of Luciano’s poetry, we feel the sentimental spirit of one 
of Italy’s foremost poets. 
You can find Luciano Somma at:

Siccome ho scritto qui giù delle località preferiti dipingere 
sull’isola d’Ischia, ho sentito che era adatto offrire la poesia
ISCHIA FINE DI UN ESTATE 
scritto di Luciano Somma.  
Come tutte delle sue poesie, sentiamo lo spirito 
sentimentale d’un poeta molto noto in Italia. 
Si può trovare Luciano Somma a:


                  ISCHIA FINE DI UN ESTATE   
         Di fronte il mare        
         calda la sabbia spesso infuocata                   
         d’agosto.
         Laggiù il castello Aragonese
         sotto una distesa d’azzurro
         ha luce nuova
         e mi riporta alla mente
         secoli di storia.
         A sera
         là sopra “Campagnano”
         col verde attorno
         e tanti amici
         insieme a festeggiare
         la fine d’un’estate
         ormai alle porte.
         Sulla terrazza
         alla parete
         l’occhio d’un ramarro
         che mi guardava
         uasi per dispetto.
         Luciano Somma
     
     
 ISCHIA AT SUMMER’S END                                  
     Facing the sea
     hot sand often inflamed
     by August
     below the Aragonese Castle
     has new light
     and it brings back to mind
     centuries of history.
     At evening
     there above “Campagnano”
     enclosed in greenery
     many friends
     join to celebrate
     the end of a summer
     now at the door.
     On the terrace
     from the wall
     the eye of a lizard
     watches me
     almost for spite.

     Pamela Allegretto (translation)



































PAINTING IN ITALY/PAINTING ON ISCHIA




PAINTING ON ISCHIA


The Island of Ischia is located in the Mediterranean Sea 21 miles west of Naples.  
Also known as the Emerald Island, Ischia is bathed in radiant light and surrounded by
 luminous waters.  The island, studded with pine groves and ablaze in vibrant bougainvillea, 
poses abundant subject matter for artists. 
The easiest access is from Naples, where you can take a hydrofoil or ferryboat, depending
 whether or not you’re taking a car.  Even though during the summer months traffic and parking
can be a challenge, I recommend bringing a car to facilitate travel throughout the 18 square-mile
 island. 
If you spend the day painting in Forio, a favorite among artists, stay for sunset and witness the
 famous “green flash” over the Gulf of Gaeta.
Even with a car, you’ll still be doing a fair amount of walking and hiking, so pack your art
supplies on the light side and don’t forget to bring water and snacks.  Note to oil painters: Dispose
of your mediums responsibly.  The Ischitani will slap a hefty fine on any artist who dumps
turpentine or any other chemical medium no matter how minute the quantity.

Buon Viaggio!

The painting below is a watercolor of Sant’Angelo, which is joined to the “Mainland” of Ischia
by a 300-foot-long lava and sand isthmus.  The painting can be viewed at my website: